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Employee’s personal health crisis inspires generous giving to her hospital

MaryBeth Roehrig (right), an employee at Peconic Bay Medical Center, seated with Dr. Stanley Katz, MD (left), chair and professor of cardiology at the Zucker School of Medicine and chair of cardiology at Peconic Bay Medical Center

“‘Sit home on the couch and don’t move. If you have more chest pain, come to the emergency room, so we can airlift you to Manhasset,’ I remember Dr. Katz, the cardiologist telling me,” says MaryBeth Roehrig, senior executive assistant at Peconic Bay Medical Center. “Otherwise, I would see him there on Monday.”

MaryBeth’s Friday appointment with Stanley Katz, MD, chair and professor of cardiology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine and chair of cardiology at Peconic Bay Medical Center, came two days after chest discomfort sent her to her family doctor. “I was a healthy 56-year-old,” says MaryBeth, “exercising regularly and eating relatively well. But I was experiencing some chest tightness on the treadmill; I was having trouble lifting my arms. Thankfully, I listened to my body.”

MaryBeth needed a cardiac catheterization, but in June 2017 there was no cath lab on Long Island’s East End. She and her husband traveled 60 miles from their home in Riverhead to the cath lab at North Shore University Hospital. Her catheterization revealed two severely blocked arteries, which Dr. Katz opened up by inserting stents.

Donating to bring care close to home

Her own cardiac care experience inspired MaryBeth to give generously as part of Peconic Bay Medical Center’s New Era capital campaign to support the new Corey Critical Care Pavilion. “I have always given to the hospital, but this campaign was more personal for me. The campaign would fund advanced cardiac care, like the cath lab that I needed, right here in my community.” The new lab opened in October 2017, as part of Northwell Health’s commitment to expanding care on Long Island’s East End.

“There is a culture of generosity at Peconic Bay Medical Center,” said Darrien Garay, special gifts officer for the hospital. Peconic Bay Medical Center has a long history of organizing peer-to-peer employee giving campaigns, which employees helped design. They also instituted an Hour Club, encouraging employees to give to the New Era campaign what they earn in an hour. Since 2015, the employees of the Medical Center have raised more than $450,000.

quotation mark “It’s all about family for us, about being part of the community, in many ways.”
MaryBeth Roehrig

Creating a culture of giving

“We have a wonderful culture of giving here,” says MaryBeth. “It’s a small community. So many employees were born right at this hospital. At a recent celebration, eight people were honored who have worked here for 40 years. One has a daughter who has been an employee for 20 years. It’s all about family for us, about being part of the community, in many ways.

Now that Peconic Bay Medical Center is part of Northwell Health, the hospital employee giving program is transitioning to Northwell’s What matters most campaign. “I fully expect,” says Darrien, “that Peconic Bay employees will be leading from the front and continuing their generosity.”

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